Rachel Hartman

A Sunny Forecast

Two years after a major drought increased feed prices, restaurant operators should see relief in the year ahead and capitalize on lower prices to pad the bottom line, according to a recent report.

Corn prices are expected to drop 20 percent in 2014, according to a forecast released in November by SpenDifference LLC, a chain-restaurant cooperative based in Denver.

“Corn is a major component of feed costs, specifically for proteins or center-of-the-plate items,” says DeWayne Dove, vice president of purchasing at SpenDifference.